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Do you feel jealous and envious of your friend's relationships or marriage? Is something lacking in your current partnership? Have you ever stopped to think what you are feeling is boredom? Partners become bored over just about anything. One partner may become bored with doing all of the cooking and cleaning. Another partner may be bored with his or her career and it spills over into the relationship. Partners could be bored with his or her quality of their sex life. When boredom sets in, the grass looks greener in your friend's relationship.
Be honest with yourself about what is going on. Determine that jealousy and envy will not damage your existing partnership. Find out exactly what is upsetting you about your partner. Sit down and write a journal about what you are feeling and what bothers you. Once you know why you are bored, you will have lots of ammunition to shake things up. Find a new job, spice up your sex life, do something unpredictable. It's a lot better to deal with jealous feelings about your partnership before you do things to permanently damage your relationship.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|